Dill weed is often used to flavor buttermilk ranch dressing.
Fans of creamy salad dressings appreciate buttermilk dressing as a low-fat alternative to other less healthy cream-based dressing options. Buttermilk is versatile, able to take on other flavors without giving up its own subtle qualities. Among the many types of buttermilk sauce are those that feature avocado, sour cream, or mayonnaise to add weight to the sauce.
Mayonnaise can be added to the buttermilk sauce.
Although it has a slightly thicker texture than regular sweet milk, buttermilk is still too loose to use on its own as a base for a salad or vegetable dressing. Cooks can give it more body by adding a spoonful or two of mayonnaise, sour cream or even cream cheese. Some cooks combine buttermilk and blue cheese in a blender to make a base for cold sauces and a velvety pastry frosting.
Avocados are included in some buttermilk sauces.
Despite the name, buttermilk not only contains no butter, it has less fat than regular milk. Groceries usually offer buttermilk made with 2% milk fat and a fat-free version. This means that buttermilk dressing not only adds a creamy texture and flavor to a salad, but offers a low-fat alternative to other dressings.
The flavor of buttermilk is often compared to yogurt and can be mild or strong, depending on how it was made. An entire gallon of milk is needed just to create a single cup of fermented buttermilk. Buttermilk can be easily combined with other flavors. For example, a buttermilk ranch-style sauce is easily made using a buttermilk-mayonnaise base to which dill is added, a little chopped pickle, green olives, capers and a little dry mustard.
Sour cream can be added to buttermilk sauce to create more body.
A blended base of blue cheese and buttermilk can be complemented with a handful of crumbled blue cheese and some chopped walnuts. This dressing is particularly tasty when topping a salad that contains seedless grapes and chopped apples. A sour cream base can be mixed with an avocado, some fresh garlic and some cilantro to create a green sauce. This sauce is not only delicious on greens, but it goes well with rice and beans.
Buttermilk sauce can be made with creamy yogurt and fresh herbs.
Sour cream and buttermilk sauce also offers numerous curry combinations. Whether the cook chooses curry powder, curry paste, or creates their own curry from cardamom, ginger, pepper and other flavorings, this dressing is perfect for a tomato and cucumber salad as well as grain dishes.